Deutsche Gesellschaft für Protozoologie

German Society for Protozoology

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Herzlich willkommen auf der Homepage der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie

Welcome to the homepage of the German Society for Protozoology

Protozoologie umfasst alle Aspekte im Zusammenhang mit Protisten. Protisten sind in der Regel eukaryotische einzelligen Organismen. Die meisten Protisten sind mikroskopisch und koexistieren mit anderen Mikroorganismen - wie Bakterien - in den meisten Ökosystemen der Erde und leisten einen entscheidenden Beitrag zur Funktionsweise der Systeme. Zum Beispiel sind in den meisten aquatische Ökosystemen photosynthetische Mikroalgen die Basis des Nahrungsnetzes; heterotrophe Protisten mit Tier-ähnlicher Ernährungsweise dienen als wichtiges Glied in der Energieübertragung in Systemen, wie als Räuber von Bakterien und gleichzeitig als Beute von größeren Organismen. Protisten können auch drastische Veränderungen in Ökosystemen hervorrufen, zum Beispiel durch schädliche giftige Algenblüten in den Ozeanen und das hervorrufen von menschlichen Krankheiten, einschließlich Malaria, Afrikanische Schlafkrankheit, und Amöbenruhr.


Protozoology encompasses all aspects related to protists, which are eukaryotic and usually unicellular organisms. Most protists are microscopic, coexisting with other microorganisms – like bacteria – within most ecosystems on Earth and vitally contributing to their functioning. For example, photosynthetic microalgae constitute the base of the food web in most aquatic ecosystems and heterotrophic protists, those with animal-like nutrition, serve as a vital link in the transfer of energy within systems, as predators of bacteria and as prey to larger organisms. Protists can also drastically alter ecosystems, for example through harmful toxic blooms in the oceans, and cause human disease, including malaria, African sleeping sickness, and amoebic dysentery.



37th Annual Meeting of the German Protozoological Society 2018

The annual meeting will take place February 27th - March 2nd, 2018 and will be hosted by the Institute for Zoology at the University of Cologne. The motto of this year’s meeting is “Protozoology - Diversity of Life in a Micrometer Scale”.


Young scientists are invited to join a pre-conference workshop on the biology and determination of protists on Tuesday. The workshop will take place at the Biocenter of the University of Cologne. More information will be given on the website


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Join UniEuk

UniEuk is an open, inclusive, community-based and expert-driven international initiative to build a flexible, adaptive universal taxonomic framework for eukaryotes. It provides an online environment and simple tools to unite community knowledge with morphological and genetic data on protist diversity. The UniEuk taxonomy will be implemented at EMBL-EBI, ENA and ultimately be included in the NCBI taxonomy database, ensuring its long-term preservation and universal access for science and education


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International Society of Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP) 2018

ISEP XXII is taking place in the scenic and historical Droushia village in Cyprus from the 27th of May to 1st of June 2018.


The spring meeting of the Protistology-UK will be held at the ISEP. More information can be found at the ISEP webpage


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Conference of the Phycology Section DBG 2018

The 17. Scientific Conference of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society is a biannual meeting that brings together scientists (Master and PhD Students, PostDocs, Seniors) on all aspects of algal research. It is open to basic and applied research, cell biology, physiology, all molecular aspects, biodiversity, of all algal groups including cyanobacteria. We are planning on many short presentations, particularly of young scientists to share our knowledge of the fast developing fields.The conference will be held between March 11 and March 14, 2018. Registration is due by October 31, 2017 Abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2017. The conference language is English.


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International symposium on ciliate biology 2018

The International symposium on ciliate biology will take place April 04 - 06, 2018 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India More information

10th Summer School For Young Parasitologists

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Parasitologie calls for participants. Practical sessions, Interactive seminars with guest speakers, Student seminars, Social events are planned. Target group are PhD or Master students working in the field of parasitology

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Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie 2017



Die 35. Tagung der Gesellschaft fand vom 21-24.2. 2017 in Meißen statt. Mehr dazu hier...

Phytoplankton-Workshop in Meißen 2017



Im Vorfeld der Jahrestagung 2017 fand ein Mikroalgen Workshop unter der Leitung von Linne von Berg und Sabina Marks statt Mehr dazu hier...


51th Annual Meeting of the Austrian Society of Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Migration Medicine


“IT goes tropics”


16th - 18th November 2017, OÖ Schlossmuseum, Linz, Austria, Schlossberg 1.
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Newsletter of the Project 2017

Please find here a PDF of the Newsletter 2017

Einzeller des Jahres 2017


Zum Einzeller des Jahres 2017 wurde der Choanoflagellat Diaphanoeca grandis gewählt. Der letzte gemeinsame Vorfahre von Einzellern (Protisten) und Tieren war ein Choanoflagellaten ähnlicher Protist. Wegen ihrer Verwandtschaft zu den Tieren und der Fähigkeit Kolonien zu bilden, stehen Choanoflagellaten im Fokus der Evolutionsforschung – insbesondere hinsichtlich der Entstehung der Mehrzelligkeit.

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Ein pdf mit mehr Informationen um Diaphanoeca grandis finden Sie hier



Dr. habil. Wilfried Schönborn (1934–2016)

Wilfried Schönborn was the editor-in-chief of Limnologica for twelve years and passed away in Jena shortly after his 82nd birthday. His broad interest ranged from single-celled organisms to birds and mammals, from basic research to applied research topics. With his inexhaustible knowledge he awakened broad interest for the ecology of waters

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Please find here a PDF of his obituary



Open positions


W2-Professorship in Phycology at the University Duisburg-Essen.More information


Two PhD positions of 3 years at the Department of Biology, of the University of Pisa. Topic:“Integrative systematics and metagenomics for the study of ciliates and of their bacterial symbionts”. More information